1997 GMC Sonoma Consumer Review: For the Money, It wasnt too ba

1997 GMC Sonoma - Consumer Review

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SLS Sport Extended Cab Pickup (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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For the Money, It wasnt too bad
By frynit on


1997 GMC Sonoma SLS Sport 2dr Extended Cab Stepside SB


This was the first car I purchased. GMC did a good thing when they created 4.3 V6 Vortec. This is the most reliable engine that I have ever driven. The body rusts way to easily however, so whoever forgot the clear coat at the assembly plant needs to get smacked. Also, the windshield wiper motor began to short circuit around 110000. Also, the tires recommended by all tire shops are not the ones on the car, which is weird. The suspension is awful. As a result, the interior creaks and squeaks like no other. Also, 2WD, especially in Wisconsin, makes this truck absolutely useless in the winter being that the bed is so light and suspension so loose.

Best Features

The torque. No matter how many miles on this truck, the tires were always able to be roasted and almost any other car could be beaten off the line. Very fast acceleration from 0-45 and from 60-85.

Worst Features

Make a better rust proof paint job, and find a better use for the space in the extended cab portion aside from the useless jump seats. Also, the fuel economy for a small truck like this is awful.16 MPG is ridiculous.
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